Doreen Tovey’s Books

Happy Friday everyone! I am co-hosting Feeling Beachie’s Follow Friday Fill-In Fun :

The statements are:
  2. I want more MONEY and less FAT
  4. HAVING CATS is the secret TO A HAPPY LIFE
The code is:

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Yesterday our friend Madi had a rodeo and Snowball and KaTwo got to join in the fun:
Lucy and I recommended Doreen Tovey’s books when we first started blogging, but now that we have more than 2 followers we thought we would again.049
For 50 years, she wrote books about life in rural England with her husband, Siamese cats and a donkey too. I have always wanted to go to England to see her cottage even though she passed away in 2008. I read a website about Siamese Cats that also has updates about her books, etc. :
It was through that site that I came in contact with Ray Evans* who lives in Rowberrow, England. Sadly, Doreen’s cottage was torn down by the new owners. He very kindly sent me some personal photos he had of Doreen and her cottage.
Doreen Tovey & Annabel (d) 1982Doreen with Annabelle, the donkey
Doreen Tovey & catDoreen with one of her Siamese cats 1980’s
Doreen Tovey in front of cottageDoreen in front of her cottage ( 1980’s)
Mr & Mrs Tovey 1.7.1977Doreen with her husband in 1977 and their Siamese cats.
If you haven’t read any of her books, you are in for a treat. Most of them have been reprinted and are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
*All photos courtesy of Ray Evans, Rowberrow History Collection


  1. I don’t always make it over to The Beach, but will try to this week. The Fill In Fun is one of the first memes that I joined, over four years ago when I started blogging. Which statements did you suggest?

    We used to have a Siamese grace our house. He will always be a special guy to us.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. This week I came up with them all. I keep trying to think of more so she won;t stop doing it. Someday I hope to have a Siamese. I said that once about black cats, and I now have 4 πŸ™‚

  2. Is that a Lewis Carroll mystery, thinking of the statements in the right order to a conclusion? If so, our answer is “have more cats”.

  3. Wow yous weally got into her. Mommy sez she wuld like more munny and less fat too. MOL

    And fank you very much fur yous gift and purrayers. Fings have been a bit cwazy here and weez not had a chance to send out fank yous. But we did get sis Lexi sum medicine and she is stawrtin’ to feel much better. Fanks again.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

    1. The man who sent the photos explained how old all those cottages were and there was no hope of saving them.

  4. M thinks she has read so,e of her books, and she remembers seeing the pictures before somewhere. M is also fascinated with England and would love to visit

    1. They are great books. England is the only country I ever wanted to visit.

  5. guys…manee thanx for tellin uz bout Doreen’s bookz….we will chex em out, N grate answers ta de fill in two !! πŸ™‚

    heerz two a dusky grouper & dottyback kinda week oh end β™₯β™₯β™₯

    1. It is sad, but I guess it was beyond repair. It is too bad they didn’t make it into a museum.

  6. Thanks for telling us about Doreen and her books………..she sounds like a very special lady and the books sound just a special as she was.

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

    1. They are wonderful books, if you have time, you should get some from the library.

  7. It is sad when old cottages full of character are pulled down. She lived in the Westcountry, the same as I do.

    1. It is very sad. That is so neat that you live in the same area. Did your Mum ever get to meet her or go to a book signing?

  8. Thanks for telling us about Doreen Tovey. We can imagine her stories are very idyllic and comforting somehow. Her cottage was lovely.How kind of Ray Evans to send you those photos πŸ™‚

    the critters in the cottage xo

    1. You’re welcome. I hope you get a chance to read her books. That was very kind of him to send the photos, he was too busy for a guest post, but I do appreciate the photos.

  9. No candles get burnt her either because Mommy is a worry wart! That cottage is very charming and for some reason we picture charming mousies running around in it!

    1. That is good that your Mom is a worrier. It did look like a nice cottage- pity it got torn down.

  10. Thank you for posting this! I grew up reading Doreen’s books. I love them so much and I’ve never thought I could see this photos. It’s a real treasure. You made my day.

    1. I am glad you found us. I love her books and was so sad to learn the cottage was torn down.

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